Cooper withdraws

New Zealand double Commonwealth Games medallist Anton Cooper has tested positive for Covid-19 and has withdrawn from the mountain bike competition.

He is being supported by the New Zealand team in hotel isolation just outside the athletes’ village. While Cooper is symptomatic, there are no immediate concerns for his health. Cooper tested negative on arrival in the village and began to isolate prior to testing positive. No other team members are symptomatic and close contacts have returned multiple negative tests for Covid.

"I’m absolutely gutted," he said. "After winning gold in 2014 and silver in 2018, I had put a focus on competing in Birmingham over UCI world cup races that clash."

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